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welcome to "world news." tonight, getting stronger. news the economy is picking up the pace. we find out where the jobs are coming back, right now. race against time. after that daring rescue, word that another american hostage is in grave danger tonight. medical mystery. facial tics, verbal outbursts. enter erin brockovich. and he's the coach that helped a young tom brady become a champion. tonight, the quest to save his teacher's life. good evening. there is news, tonight, that the u.s. economy is on the move,
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growing faster in the last quarter than it has in the past year and a half. up 2.8%. another sign the recession may be in the rear-view mirror. but here is what matters most to every american household. does this mean american companies are ready to start hiring again in force? abc's david muir is here right now. david? >> diane, great to see you. that's the central question set out to answer tonight. how much growth is needed before the real hiring begins? tonight, we return to the factories we've been reporting on for more than a year now. but the reality on the american assembly line. >> reporter: it is the fastest rate of economic growth in this country in 18 months. >> it is the strongest number we've seen all year long for 2011. >> reporter: so, why all of the sudden the jump start? economists say a huge part of
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this, car parts built in america. parts that usually come from overseas, largely japan. and after that natural disaster last year, america picked up the slack. something we saw on this assembly line in kansas city. >> tennessee. >> reporter: the door? >> it comes from chicago. >> reporter: the question is -- will that level of u.s. production continue into the new year, even as japan recovers? the good news, 34,000 manufacturing jobs added to the economy in the last quarter. consumers, increasing their spending by 2%. and the president, in the exclusive interview with diane, say that only adds to the gains already made. >> we're now in a position where we're starting to come back. we've created 3 million jobs over the last 22 months. >> reporter: but we wanted a reality check on the ground. today reaching out to nearly a half dozen factories we've visited this past year, on the hunt for jobs in america. like the nordic ware plant in minneapolis, minnesota, makers of cookware.
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compared to the gdp numbers we saw tonight, triple that. the real question, tonight, when did they all start hiring en masse. that, economists say, is the hurdle across the country, even with this growth. companies are making larger profits. but they're reluctant to pull the trigger on major hiring, until they're convinced that this growth seen today will continue and quicken. >> we had a phenomenal recovery. and profits. firms have been reluctant. they've been holding on to their cash, other than going out and hiring up. >> that is the hurdle tonight, growth like we haven't seen in a year and a half. but economists want faster growth, to be convinced to spend the profits they're sitting on, to hire new workers. >> how much new growth? >> 2.8%? they want gpd 4% or 5%. we'll see hundreds of thousands of new jobs. a ways to go. >> before the gates really do open up. thank you, david. now, a new twist in the
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astonishing rescue of an american woman by the navy s.e.a.l.s today. even as jessica buchanan is recovering from her ordeal, we learned of another american, a man, taken by pirates. what should the u.s. do about him? abc's martha raddatz has the latest on this developing story. martha? >> reporter: diane, the hostage is an american writer, who was supposed to be in somalia only a few weeks, working on a book about piracy. but tonight, he is a captive of the pirates, under the threat of death. at his family's request, we have blurred his face and will not use his name, since that may only increase his value with the kidnappers. seen here at a book signing, the writer was grabbed by heavily armed pirates last saturday. the kidnapping came just days before the daring raid that saved jessica buchanan, who is at a u.s. base in italy, where her family has now joined her. but buchanan's rescue appears to have put the american journalist in greater danger. today, a spokesman for the
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pirates warned any would-be rescuers. if they try again, we will all die together. the pirates are also keeping on the move, changing locations at least three times. no one will talk about the likelihood of a rescue attempt for the writer. but it could be more difficult given what the pirates now know. >> they will be alert. and they will be waiting, ready. they won't be sleeping like they were before. it will make it that much more difficult for our military special operations warriors to get in there and get him successfully. >> reporter: it is rare for pirates to kill their hostages, since they are taken for one reason only, ransom. but there are signs pirates may be getting more trigger-happy. last year, off the coast of oman, four americans were killed by pirates who had taken their yacht, even as the f.b.i. was negotiating for their release. paul and rachel chandler were luckier, released after an undisclosed ransom was paid, 13 months after a terrifying
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kidnapping. >> i was pulled away from rachel and dragged on to my feet. and as i stood up, i looked back to rachel. and i could see that bugus was slamming the butt of a rifle into her head. and then, i was dragged off around the corner. >> that anger i felt that they were so cruel, so callous, just so despicable, you have to find a way of dealing with that. >> reporter: there are negotiations to try and win the writer's release. a u.s. official says there is great concern for any american held hostage. but, diane, there is still hope tonight he will be released unarmed. >> okay. on this developing news, thank you, martha raddatz. now, we turn to the wild day in politics. "your voice, your vote." four days before the big florida primary. a new poll shows mitt romney pulling ahead. as newt gingrich seems to have trouble landing a punch.
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here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: newt gingrich received a warm reception from latino voters in miami this morning. but his campaign may have hit a brick wall in a debate last night. it started when mitt romney hammered gingrich for calling him anti-immigrant. >> mr. speaker, i'm not anti-immigrant. my father was born in mexico. my wife's father was born in wales. they come to this country. the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> i'm perfectly happy what language to use. >> reporter: in the past, gingrich has scored points by picking fights with debate moderators. he tried that this time and lost, when he was asked a question about romney's finances. >> you said that he lives in a world of swiss bank and cayman island bank accounts. i didn't say that. you did. >> i did. and i'm perfectly happy to say that on an interview. this is a national debate, where you have the chance to get the four of us to talk about a range of issues. >> you make a serious accusation against governor romney like that, you need to explain that.
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>> wouldn't it be nice if people didn't make accusations somewhere else, that they weren't willing to defend here? >> reporter: it's not just the debate. romney has brought down gingrich's high-flying campaign with an avalanche of negative adses. according to an abc news analysis, romney has spent nearly seven-times as much on tv ads than gingrich. so many ads, he seems to lose track of them. >> you have had an ad running, that speaker gingrich calls spanish, quote, the language of the ghetto. >> i doubt that's my ad. but we'll find out. >> we just double checked. you said, i'm mitt romney and you approve this ad. >> reporter: romney, with ally john mccain, has ridiculed gingrich for proposing a permanent u.s. base on the moon. >> i think we should send newt gingrich to the moon. and mitt romney to the white house. what do you think? >> reporter: the candidates have spent to much time attacking each over in florida, that i've heard them talking about president obama, less than at any point in the campaign.
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even though, as we saw in your interview yesterday, diane, the president is clearly gearing up for the campaign. and he is starting to attack his republican rivals by name. >> jon, they are so personal about each other. i don't know if i've ever seen it like this. thank you so much. and former speaker, newt gingrich, will be a guest this sunday, along with the current speaker, john boehner. and that's on "this week," on sunday on abc. and now, we turn overseas to the deteriorating situation in syria in the last 48 hours. at least 64 dead. and among them, small children. president bashyr al asad's forces reportedly fired on a residential building and began firing into the crowds. and how do you put a price tag on trauma and tragedy? today, the operator of the carnival cruise ship made its first offer to more than 3,000 passengers who were onboard when it capsized. $14,460 each to cover the cost
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of lost luggage and psychological trauma. and another estimated $4,000 to reimburse the cost of the cruise and return travel. the deal would not apply to crew member or families who lost loved ones. we first reported on a consumer alert about orange juice earlier this month. trace amounts of an unapproved chemical, a pesticide, had been found in orange juice imported from overseas. government inspectors, rushing to the nation's ports to conduct their own test. well, today, word that some of those tests were positive. so, we asked abc's lisa stark to give us a reality check on orange juice and whether there's real cause for worry. >> reporter: one-quarter of orange juice samples tested have now turned up positive for this pesticide that is not approved for use in the united states. so far, the fda has sampled 40 batches of imports. 11 contained more that a trace amount of the pesticide carbendazim. the fda scrambled to begin testing earlier this month after a major orange juicemaker found
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the chemical in its own sampling. >> what it does is confirm this is not an isolated incident. it wasn't just one shipment. >> reporter: five of the positive samples came from brazil, six from canadian plants. the fear is that tainted, imported juice can end up mixed with american juice. the fda says based on testing so far, orange juice is safe to drink. levels are too low to be a health hazard. but they are only halfway through their tests. lisa stark, abc news, new york. and experts have predicted pandemonium on wall street the day facebook goes public. and today, we learned that day could be coming soon. "the wall street journal" reports that facebook could file papers for an initial public offering as early as next wednesday. in a deal that would value the social network goliath between $75 billion and $100 billion, making it the biggest ipo of the year and possibly of the decade. and still ahead on "world
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news," the high school student suffering strange tics, verbal outbursts. can the real-life erin brockovich solve the medical mystery? he's a celebrity and a superstar now. but once, he was a little boy with a teacher giving him confidence. tonight, tom brady, trying to save that teacher's life. mornin'. i guess i'm helping them save hundreds on car insurance. it probably also doesn't hurt that i'm a world-famous advertising icon. cheers! i mean, who wouldn't want a piece of that? geico. ah... fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent oh dear... or more on car insurance. it's real milk full of calcium and vitamin d. and tastes simply delicious. for those of us with lactose intolerance...
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[ male announcer ] make the switch. take action. take advil. and now, a truly strange medical mystery. students in upstate new york, most of them girls, coming down with strange tics. even verbal outbursts. is it a disorder? or a kind of mass hysteria? or is it an effect in their backyard? tonight, erin brockovich has launched her own investigation. and linsey davis has our report. >> reporter: lydia parker was the sixth teenager in this rural
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town to come down with the strange symptoms. >> i've never heard of anything like this. >> reporter: throughout our interview, her right arm continually jabs the air. >> i can't stand for more than about two minutes. so, i'm in a wheelchair. and my vocal and tic and everything gets really bad at night. >> reporter: what most frustrates you? >> that i don't have a answers. i've been doing tests and tests and tests, mris, eegs, blood tests. and nothing is coming up. >> reporter: 14 girls and 1 boy, all from the same high school, are now exhibiting odds tics, verbal outbursts, and fainting spells. >> i personally have never seen anything like this before. it is very, very remarkable. >> reporter: dr. jennifer mcvige has treated most of them. she believes this is a form of mass psychogenic illness, a rare but real disorder usually found in young women, where an emotional response to some event is converted into a physical symptom.
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but now enter the famous environmentalist, evin brockovich. with another theory. in 1970, 1 ton of cyanide and other toxic chemicals were spilled from a train just three miles from the future high school. after that spill, brockovich speculates that when the school was built in 2003, some of the contaminated soil may have been used in the construction. lydia doesn't believe the cause was environmental or psychological. but to people who think she is faking, she points out the two bruises on her face. >> this one is from fainting. and i hit my head on my bedpost. and this one, i ended up hitting myself in the face with my phone. >> reporter: the national institutes of health don't think she's faking either. in fact, they want to evaluate lydia and the other victims. linsey davis, abc news, lee roy, new york. >> such a mystery. and still ahead, a volcano
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have been analyzed by independent labs under the direction of the us coast guard. i'm glad to report all beaches and waters are open for everyone to enjoy. and the economy is showing progress with many areas on the gulf coast having their best tourism seasons in years. i was born here, i'm still here and so is bp. we're committed to the gulf for everyone who loves it, and everyone who calls it home. one of mexico's largest volcanos suddenly rumbled to life, about 40 miles from mexico city. shooting plumes of ash and smoke into the sky. down its slopes, they followed standard evacuation procedures at a nearby city. schoolchildren running for safety. officials later said, the eruption did not really pose a
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and finally tonight, every champion has a teacher, someone who unlocks their talent and confidence and changes their lives. tonight, the most successful quarterback in the nfl is preparing for the big stage of the super bowl. but he's also trying to return a favor to his teacher. the ultimate gift, saving his life. here's abc's josh elliott with our "person of the week." >> touchdown. >> reporter: tom brady is a three-time super bowl champion, a two-time most valuable player, and by most any measure, one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. all thanks, in part, to the efforts of his lifelong throwing coach, tom martinez. to who brady owes so much, and who, in quickly failing health, now needs so much himself.
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>> today, we have a couple of celebrities. tommy brady. >> reporter: this was the tom brady that martinez first met, a wispy and unremarkable northern california teen, seeking the expertise of martinez, a local junior college coach. but martinez would soon become much more than a mere mentor. >> the very first time when tommy got stage fright, before the first time, tom martinez went out and worked with him. and within two minutes, had him fully confident again. >> reporter: the two also remained in near constant contact via text message. and the results are well-known. all of the triumphs and accolades. but it is the man that brady has become that is martinez's greatest work. and now, hope. for several years ago, martinez was diagnosed with diabetes, one of a host of maladies threatening his life. and now, martinez's doctors give him few more than a few months
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to live. >> my body, in the last four years has been brutalized. i've probably had seven operations. i probably get stuck with a needle 25 times a week. i'm trying to stay alive. i don't want to be immortal. but i want to live a little bit longer. >> reporter: but martinez didn't teach tom brady to shrink from a challenge. and so it was that brady took to facebook, and to the media, in search of a donor that might help save the life of a man who's meant so much. >> been a great friend of mine for a long time. taught me how to throw the football at a very young age. so, you know, he's been looking for a kidney for quite a while. >> what do you say when people come forward and try to -- after you hit that down spot, you know, where you feel like
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quitting, and everybody else is telling you, no, this isn't going to work. >> accuracy. >> tom has, you know, not given up on his coach. you know, i can't express in words my gratitude. >> reporter: and for brady's efforts, more than 300 people have volunteered to find if they're a suitable donor match. turns out, all those triumphs and titles are a mere by-product for what tom brady learned from martinez, without ever being taught. >> was there one phrase that he would say to him when he needed it? >> what might take somebody an hour to unlearn or relearn, when martinez said it to brady, it would take mere moments. tom brady, one of the most intensely and loyal men i've met. >> thanks, josh. what a "person of the week" he is. sure hope he gets that transplant. and we thank all of you for watching. we're always there at
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abcnews.com. remember, a special "20/20" tonight, "taken, 12 hours of terror caught on tape." a heart-pounding story, anchored by robin roberts. and of course, david muir will be right back here tomorrow. good night.
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